To be honest we expected much more from this movie. It seemed a bit weak for all we heard about it through advertisement and trailers. Some parts are a bit too long, some characters are not well highlighted, and some parts of the movie look like a fairy tale in the worst Hollywood style. Although the actors are super good and they play their best. Some episodes are very very funny and some are very emotional... But, it's not quite a master piece yet and "if I can't prononce it I am not going to eat it!'... Nevertheless the cinema was full. "Light, colors, smiles... it teaches me something..." We also liked the colorful Inidia filmed with its native streets and flushes of poverty; kids and people on their day to day duties are also well depicted indeed...
If there are fairy tales in life there is one more in La Harve waiting for you. Heart touching but absolutely unrealistic story of a couple living now days (I believe now days as they mentioned euros but it is filmed like the whole story is happening in 50-s: the colors, the surroundings and the accessories). It looked like a director's deep nostalgia for the times gone. Silent scenes, Kafka readings... sounded more for us like some ambiguous author like to tell us his own story - the only story we could see.. The rest of it was too hard to believe in: miraculous cure from aggressive terminal disease, altruistic policemen (not caring about his own career but about one poor illegal immigrant boy and his protege), police not shooting when illegal immigrants run away, fat and happy priests talking philosophy in front of the ones struggling for life and survival, a family battling for pennies and the wife giving away her last euros for her husband to go get drunk in the pub, her searching in his pockets for a smoke (what?) and some other mysterious episodes; people talking like machines and suddenly giving away their goods to the guy who owed them bread money... And mugs, mugs, mugs everywhere - where have they found so many unshaped and ugly people like a parade of talented facades?.. This movie - too strange and absurd to be a reality and too earthy to be a fairy tale... Very very strange indeed but somehow not unattractive picture from art perspective solutions - for a movie that might be some one's graduate diploma work but not a mature piece of art work...sorry...not our piece of cake although the overall impressions is good...Here is the end of my as messy review on it...
The Well-Digger's Daughter
There is just another amazing gem from French cinematography. The story line seemingly common takes your feelings on a rocky road of emotions: tears, excitement, guilt, deep love and fear, condemnation and forgiveness... It would be heavy in any other's hands' but the director and the main character famous Daniel Auteuil. Your tears appear to be light, excitement is taken with humor, forgiveness - with dignity and love as it should be - above honor and above all there is.
The movie starts with a field of blooming scarlet poppy flowers and a young girl crossing it over as she heads to her destiny this day. Till the end of the movie you will not know how it ends so many twists and underwater currents the story line holds. I really loved the messages hidden up properly in the movie script and pronounced right on time: well remembered now - there is nothing more valuable in this world than human's life - a gift of a new born child, a daughter that you love more than your life and your grandson no matter who he is... There is nothing more important than true love: no money, no pride, guilt or unforgivable mistakes can ever destroy it... and yes, we are all the same in God's eyes: humble human sinners, no angels. The actors are beyond brilliant and all of them are.
My opinion is - genius classical movie. Alex said that some moments he found unbelievable for a commoner like him to trust. So together we shared a rate of
There is so much to say as this movie stirred so much inside of me... Many years ago my dad took me to see my first movie about yoga: "Indian Yogis. Who are they?" It was back in Moscow in late 80-s and I was only 14 and I was fascinated by the movie... In the country, where even the word "spirituality" was a non-pronounced, a taboo, that movie was like a sip of fresh water for a thirsty person, a sip from from the nature source. My dad was my first yoga teacher and he was excellent. He would teach me how to breath, how to concentrate on my inner body, how to do asanas and to relax my physical and mental after we completed the exercises. It was so new for me and being a girl of 14I was so proud that I could follow my dad - no words could describe it here. I could feel that my body was listening to me.
My dad has been practicing yoga for years now. Now, in his 70-s he is in clear mind, he does not use any medications and he is a very happy person. Many years agohe opened the doors for me in a different world of self discovery and constant search and I used the path wisely. I was doing yoga and meditations on and off for all these years. Well, to be honest I have not done it for some years now and just before receiving this video from Michael M I thought: I'd better resume my exercises.
But let's go back to the Yogawoman movie. I loved the way it is made with lots of interviews with women. They are various yoga teachers (of many directions to name), yoga books writers, yoga magazine editors, celebrities and scientific yoga practice medical researchers from all over the world including United States, Japan, Kenya and Australia. The documentary shows all different types of groups that participate in yoga classes across the world: overweight women, cancer patients, women at the aged homes, teenagers, women in the jail, busy business women, children and just lots and lots of women. Apparently only in States there are about 20 million people now practicing yoga and the vast majority of them are women.
How the ancient art of yoga that belonged to selected men only suddenly became a feature of the modern feminine society? The answers are given in the movie. You need to watch it.
Benefits of doing it? Well, there are so many ways to enlightenment... Yoga is one of them. In my opinion the major benefit of yoga is going within, finding and reconnecting with yourself, your inner truth, finding your inner peace once again. When you are with the other people, surrounded by the others you become THEM, you start to run their programs forgetting about your own purpose. Yoga allows you to came back to your pure essence, to your divine core, to your being-ness remembering your purpose here and who you really are. We really liked the following phrase in the movie: we all have that inner diamond inside, but it needs to be looked after, treated and polished so you will see it shines. Beautiful true words! This is from the spiritual perspective only. When you look at the other aspects of yourself like emotional and physical then the benefits are enormous: gaining your physical energy, better sleep, the ability to concentrate faster and relax quickly, no mood swings, good health etc to name a few. You should start doing it for, say, a week and you will feel the difference immediately.
I would say it is a brilliant and very inspirational movie. I am back with my yoga now every morning and straight away I feel how my body responded with that familiar happy feeling in my belly, with the lightened smile of my face and with my thought pattern changes... Enjoy this film - it starts at the cinemas this coming Sunday May 13 - what a great present for your mum on Mothers Day when you take her there...
Just a small note: Michael McIntyre and his team have self funded the production of the film and they are now self distributing the film as well. They are also very excited and proud about the upcoming cinema release and they rely on good word of mouth, your support and publicity.
Salmon Fishing in Yemen
So much to learn from a very effortless hobby - fishing... Apparently 2 million people are fond of fishing in England alone. What? Fishing? What fish? Salmon? What about salmon? Oh, yes, some silly fish that goes upstream and makes people change their minds, the fish that brings them together and separates them forever... Fish you say? But what an incredible ground for a smart politician who is looking out for additional votes, for a environmental researcher to change his career path, what a beautiful idea a sheikh’s looking for bringing his community together and trying to leave something good in the country that is known more for its wars rather than for its peaceful leisure time; what a strange passion for those who are ready to fall in love... We loved astonishing natures shots in this movie, underwater camera and its unpredictable associations, night swimming times, the wisdom of the East... that all and much more brought this movie fragments together and made an unforgettable art piece of dream becoming reality, true love becoming a turning point of life and an imprint in your DNA that you will carry in your blood forever and you will always remember no matter what... Faith, fish and science... how did all of that came tother
Wish You Were Here
...........................................................................there is always another story ...........................................................................there is more than meets the eye ......................................................................................................................Carla Bruni's At Last The Secret Is Out
If you do not know how to drink it is better for you not go to the unknown country accompanied by the strangers. Better: stay at home and better: do not drink at all. Not our type of movie indeed but well made - this is for sure... One more detail: never judge a person by one action, one word, one text message or one glance. There are much more to what you just see, hear and feel. Never build up the story that exists only in your mind if you do not know the truth. If you do not know the truth - there a way to drama. But the truth and only the Truth makes it all clear and puts everything in place: the children - to peace, the relatives - to some certainty in life, the wife - to understanding and your own soul - to tranquility.